Singer, songwriter and 11-time GRAMMY Award-winner John Legend hopes that his new album will help listeners find joy in “this moment of turmoil” as protests continue around the world in response to the death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Legend released his seventh studio album entitled Bigger Love. Something Legend says the world “needs”, amid the nationwide protests in honor of George Floyd. “During these painful times, some of us may wonder if it’s ok to laugh or dance or be romantic.” says Legend.
The multi-platinum recording artist also said during this trying time it is important for black individuals to be seen as human. “Lately, the images of black people in the media have been showing us with knees on our necks, in mourning, or expressing our collective outrage. We feel all those emotions. But It’s important for us to continue to show the world the fullness of what it is to be black and human. Through our art, we are able to do that. This album is a celebration of love, joy, sensuality, hope, and resilience, the things that make our culture so beautiful and influential.”
Bigger Love, the 16-track album is a mixture of Pop-Soul, and R&B. The album features collaborations from Gary Clark Jr, Jhene Aiko, Koffee and Rhapsody.
John spent 18 months recording his seventh album and finished it just before the US went into lockdown, with only the finishing touches – string arrangements, mixing and mastering – to complete. “The album was written before the world locked down because of the coronavirus and before people were marching in the streets in protest here in the US,” he said. “But hopefully it can speak to people in this moment of turmoil, uncertainty and fear and can lift them, bring them some love and some joy.”
One thing that stands out across the record is a feeling of hope and optimism. “I want people to be lifted by this album,” John said. “I often sing about pain and grief… I feel like this album can be an uplifting album for people. I believe this album is better equipped than any of my others.”
Listen to the track-list below: